In week 11, the Ravens' offensive turned the clock and relied heavily on their attack to win a critical game against the Bengals.
In week 12, in the first half, the Ravens seemed genuinely interested in proving that the novice quarterback could play the ball. They entered the break with an advantage, but the offense did not seem as cohesive as the previous week. Gus Edwards, the rookie without Rutgers out of Rutgers, was efficient, but the emphasis was clearly not so much on the race game as it had been the week before.
Clearly, the Ravens reevaluated this strategy at halftime because they went out and passed the ball through the Raiders throat throughout the 3rd period. The biggest beneficiary? Gus Edwards.
Gus "The Bus" Edwards took on a bigger role with Jackson as the starting quarterback, and his north-south running style appears to be a fantastic fit with Jackson's execution threat.
The second half's emphasis on keeping the ball on the ground helped Edwards do a little bit of history, doing something no one had done in Baltimore since Jamal Lewis.
For the second consecutive week, newbie @ GodsGiftGus13 He ran for over 100 yards. He is the second rookie in #Ravens story to have rushed 100-yard back-to-back games (Jamal Lewis, 2000, Weeks 12-13).
– Patrick Gleason (@PMGleason) November 25, 2018
It had not only been a long time for Ravens rookies, however. No Ravens running after any level of experience had surpassed 100 yards in successive weeks in three years.
100-yard games back-to-back for Jackson. The last time a Raven did this was Justin Forsett in 2015.
– Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) November 25, 2018
The Ravens held the ball for a yelling 12 minutes during the 15th quarter of the 3rd quarterand Gus Edwards was a huge reason. He looks like another in a long line of big Ravens pickups during the rookie free agency, and could very well be Alfred Morris for Robert Griffin III of Lamar Jackson.
It helped Edwards that Alex Collins, Ravens' head to run back during the first half of the season, missed the 12th week with a foot injury. While Edwards clearly won more touches after his performance against the Bengals, Ravens' fans were not sure what the collapse would look like.
It's still hard to say exactly what the Ravens 'offense will be when Joe Flacco and Collins are fully healthy again, but Edwards could not have made much of an impact on the Ravens' technical staff in the last two weeks. It's hard to imagine him losing work if he keeps running for 100 yards with each game, averaging more than five yards per load.
There is a reason why Edwards has been disapproved, but for at least the last two weeks he looks like an elite running behind, and clearly the best fit in the current Baltimore backfield.
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